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Improved access to a World Heritage view

24/07/2017

An upgrade of the popular viewing platform on the shore of Lake St Clair has now been completed, improving disability access to one of the finest viewing points of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Improved access to two of the North-west's natural wonders

24/07/2017

The North-west is home to some of Tasmania's most stunning natural attractions, and we are pleased to announce upgrades have now been completed at Trowutta Arch and Dip Falls.More

Overland Track bookings open with a rush

18/07/2017

Tasmania's iconic world-renowned bushwalks are a key driver behind the boom in visitor numbers to the state, and bookings for the Overland Track walking season have opened with a rush for the peak summer period.More

Winter is prime time for whale watching

It is that time of year when whale sightings are reported regularly on the east coast of Tasmania.

Among the larger species of baleen whale, southern right whales and humpback whales can be seen at east coast vantage points and there is now an established East Coast Whale Trail to make it even easier. The trail is a series of 14 coastal sites on Tasmania’s east coast with information signs about whales and big sea views to search for signs of whales. The trail is along the coast, from The Gardens in the larapuna/Bay of Fires area near St Helens in the north, to Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula.

While most species migrate some distance off the continental shelf, the humpback and southern right whales come sufficiently close to the coast to allow regular sightings from land.

A humpback whale breaching off Maria Island in 2014A humpback whale breaching off Maria Island in 2014 - Darroch Donald PWS

Humpbacks travel northward to breeding areas off the coast of Queensland and Western Australia between May and July and return southward to their sub-antarctic feeding grounds between September and November.

Southern right whales travel north from June to September to the waters of southern mainland Australia and return southward between September and late October.

Don't forget if you see a whale, report your sighting to the Whale Hotline 0427 - WHALES  (0427 942 537)

You can also download the App "Whales and Seals" - a guide to all the whales, dolphins and seals found in Tasmanian waters.

The App is the perfect guide to the marine mammals of Tasmania, with outstanding photographs and drawings, distribution maps, details of biology and stranding records. It also provides a guide to whale and seal viewing and advice on what to do if you come across stranded whales or a "beached" seal. The App is available for download from the iTunes Store.